The NHS is sending Covid patients to hotels to increase capacity in intensive care units.
Patients suffering from the virus are already being transferred from King's College hospital in London to a nearby Best Western-branded hotel in Croydon, The Guardian reports.
Other trusts are also considering transferring patients – under the "home and hotel" plans – after critical care capacities run out and obstacles to nightingale use exist.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted today that Number 10 was "reviewing all options" to ease increasing pressures on health care.
"There is tremendous pressure on the NHS and we are looking at different ways to relieve that pressure," he told Sky News.
“We'd only ever do this if it was clinically right for someone. In some cases, people need seated assistance, they don't actually need to be in a hospital bed. & # 39;
It comes amid fears that hospitals in the country could be overwhelmed by the increasing intake of Britons suffering from the virus.
There were more than 35,000 Covid patients in UK hospitals as of January 10, up 21.5 percent from the previous week, according to the government's dashboard.
Covid patients are already being relocated to a Best Western brand hotel in the Croydon region. There is no indication that this is the Best Western hotel pictured above
It comes amid fears that hospitals may be overwhelmed. On January 10, there were 35,000 Covid patients in British hospitals, an increase of 21.5 percent compared to the same period last year
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted that they will review all options
Patients discharged early from hotels are cared for by organizations such as St. John's Ambulance and the British Red Cross, as well as armed forces medical and NHS staff.
Families are also reportedly expected to play a key role in monitoring and caring for their loved ones.
The London Hotel Group, which owns the Best Western Chain, is reportedly in talks with 20 NHS trusts to provide spare capacity. They say it can provide 5,000 beds.
Patients brought to their hotel in the Croydon area are reported as homeless.
The Minister of Health said this morning that proposals on the use of hotels are not "concrete" but "something we look at when we look at all contingencies".
When asked if the NHS might be overwhelmed, he told BBC Breakfast: "We will do everything we can to give the NHS the support and resources it needs."
"This includes the opening of the Nightingale Hospitals and the London Nightingale Hospital is now receiving patients for the first time since April."
He said sending some patients to hotels was "another backup plan" that would only be implemented when it was appropriate for the patient, "but we are not actively implementing it". He said it was only for "step-down" patients.
The news came after reports that the NHS is up to date with hospitals near the edge.
Medical students and receptionists are now being drawn in to help cope with the huge increase in Covid-19 patients, experts say.
New figures show that one in 20 patients waits more than 12 hours for beds – but the worst of the crisis won't come until next month. The bosses say that the core employees are exposed to an "unsustainable workload".
The regional director of NHS England in London has written to all hospitals ordering a "major redeployment" of students, receptionists and social workers to support the care of Covid patients.
Volunteers and social workers are being relocated to hospitals to do tasks like collecting equipment and food for patients.
New roles have been created to address the desperate staff shortage. Secretaries and students will act as "infirmary clerks" to record clinical decisions, medical histories, and treatment times.
As figures show, the UK's second wave of the pandemic may have peaked when the lockdown was initiated, with infection rates falling in most areas since January 5th
Students also help with tasks like "pronouncing" patients – by bringing them to their fronts.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine reports that in the week leading up to January 3, more than 2,500 patients waited more than 12 hours to be admitted to bed at 32 NHS trusts.
Dr. Katherine Henderson, RCEM President, said, "It's a dire situation. Our departments are overcrowded and many places have no choice but to manage care in corridors."
Jeremy Hunt, Chair of the Commons Health Committee and former Minister of Health, urged people to adhere to the restrictions in an attempt to lower infection rates. He told the BBC: “I think the NHS will end up finding critical care, intensive care and beds for everyone who needs them. But it is absolutely razor sharp. & # 39;
Chris Hopson, executive director of NHS Providers, expects the pressure to rise in February. He warned a MEPs Health and Welfare Committee yesterday: "It is pretty clear that the infection rate is not going to drop as quickly as it was in the first phase."
The rapid rise in cases now spread to the Midlands, Northwest and Southwest in eastern England, he added.
"This is a particular concern as the Midlands and North Confidence has had a significant number of patients in the hospital since the second surge."